ALERT: Berkeley, CA council bars lying down on sidewalks FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 25 Nov 1998 17:12:55 -0400


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If you were on Berkeley City Council, would you have approved the law they
just passed banning lying down on sidewalks?   Why or why not?

http://www.hotcoco.com/news/eastbay/west/stories/alx77601.htm
FWD  West Contra Costa News [California, USA] - November 25, 1998
          Edition: WCT,  Section: A,  Page: 3

BERKELEY COUNCIL OK'S TELEGRAPH AVENUE COMPROMISE

By Chuck Squatriglia - Times Staff Writer


    BERKELEY -- After months of bickering over laws aimed at the homeless
youth who populate Telegraph Avenue, the City Council on Tuesday endorsed a
compromise.

    The council approved laws barring lying down on sidewalks and
regulating the number of dogs permitted in an area that has seen merchants'
revenues fall as drug dealing and other problems have risen.

    "These are very mild proposals that we all hope will bring some
solution to Telegraph Avenue," said Mayor Shirley Dean.

    The laws, less strict than controversial ordinances proposed by Dean,
were drafted by Councilwomen Polly Armstrong and Linda Maio, who represent
opposing council factions.

    Their effort to forge a compromise continues a trend toward
bipartisanship in dealing with what had, in recent months, been the
council's most divisive issue: reversing Telegraph Avenue's continued
decline.

    For months, the city has been wrestling with growing complaints from
merchants and residents decrying Telegraph's take-over by drug dealers,
aggressive homeless youth and a growing number of dogs.

    Last month, the City Council ordered police to crack down. That
decision was followed two weeks ago with the council's approval of a
68-point plan to restore Telegraph's economic prosperity and preserve its
eclectic personality.

    By most accounts, Telegraph has improved with the effort. Gone are the
drug dealers, the homeless kids and the dirty sidewalks, swept away by an
army of police and city workers. But many homeless youth argue they are
being harassed by the police, and their advocates criticize the council for
criminalizing homelessness.

    "We have a squeaky-clean street with all of these kids in jail because
you don't want them around so people can shop," John Vance, who sells
bumper stickers on Telegraph, told the council.

    Under the proposed ordinances, lying down on sidewalks would be
illegal, and no more than two dogs would be permitted to sit or lie down
within 10 feet of each other. Another law would make it a crime to tether a
dog in Peoples Park and leave it there.

    The restriction on dogs drew the most scorn, as dog-owners and some
council members questioned how effective the law might be.

    A proposed ordinance banning skateboarding in the Telegraph and
Shattuck avenues commercial district was tabled for further study.

    The new ordinances will not take effect until January and will be
repealed after 16 months unless the council acts to renew them.

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If you were on Berkeley City Council, would you have approved the law
they just passed banning lying down on sidewalks?   Why or why not?


http://www.hotcoco.com/news/eastbay/west/stories/alx77601.htm

FWD  West Contra Costa News [California, USA] - November 25, 1998

          Edition: WCT,  Section: A,  Page: 3

    

<paraindent><param>right,left</param>BERKELEY COUNCIL OK'S TELEGRAPH
AVENUE COMPROMISE


By Chuck Squatriglia - Times Staff Writer

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    BERKELEY -- After months of bickering over laws aimed at the
homeless youth who populate Telegraph Avenue, the City Council on
Tuesday endorsed a compromise.


    The council approved laws barring lying down on sidewalks and
regulating the number of dogs permitted in an area that has seen
merchants' revenues fall as drug dealing and other problems have
risen.


    "These are very mild proposals that we all hope will bring some
solution to Telegraph Avenue," said Mayor Shirley Dean.


    The laws, less strict than controversial ordinances proposed by
Dean, were drafted by Councilwomen Polly Armstrong and Linda Maio, who
represent opposing council factions.


    Their effort to forge a compromise continues a trend toward
bipartisanship in dealing with what had, in recent months, been the
council's most divisive issue: reversing Telegraph Avenue's continued
decline.


    For months, the city has been wrestling with growing complaints
from merchants and residents decrying Telegraph's take-over by drug
dealers, aggressive homeless youth and a growing number of dogs.


    Last month, the City Council ordered police to crack down. That
decision was followed two weeks ago with the council's approval of a
68-point plan to restore Telegraph's economic prosperity and preserve
its eclectic personality.


    By most accounts, Telegraph has improved with the effort. Gone are
the drug dealers, the homeless kids and the dirty sidewalks, swept away
by an army of police and city workers. But many homeless youth argue
they are being harassed by the police, and their advocates criticize
the council for criminalizing homelessness.


    "We have a squeaky-clean street with all of these kids in jail
because you don't want them around so people can shop," John Vance, who
sells bumper stickers on Telegraph, told the council.


    Under the proposed ordinances, lying down on sidewalks would be
illegal, and no more than two dogs would be permitted to sit or lie
down within 10 feet of each other. Another law would make it a crime to
tether a dog in Peoples Park and leave it there.


    The restriction on dogs drew the most scorn, as dog-owners and some
council members questioned how effective the law might be.


    A proposed ordinance banning skateboarding in the Telegraph and
Shattuck avenues commercial district was tabled for further study.


    The new ordinances will not take effect until January and will be
repealed after 16 months unless the council acts to renew them.


END FORWARD

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